If you’re a winter sports athlete, you may want to look away now.
Because robots — some of them headless — are coming for your jobs.
While the planet’s finest athletes contested the fourth day of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a bizarre robot ski competition took place on a nearby mountain.
Eight robotics teams from universities, institutions, and one private company all contested the Ski Robot Challenge at the Welli Hilli ski resort, one hour west of Pyeongchang, on Monday — and the photos are incredible.
Scroll down to see the robots that competed for the $10,000 prize.
Everything in this image seems normal until you realise that the legs on those skis do not belong to a human — they belong to a robot.
Robots of all different shapes and sizes competed at the Ski Robot Challenge on Monday. Here is a close-up of the body and leg section of one ski-bot.
Teams contesting the event had to abide by certain regulations to ensure the robots were fit for the slopes. For instance, every robot had to be taller than 50cm, stand on “two legs,” and have joints “resembling elbows and knees.”